Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens - Rosser Park

Botanic Gardens boardwalk

The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are a must see for tourists and locals alike. The Gardens are set on 31 hectares, just 10 minutes drive from central Surfers Paradise.

The Gardens are open year round, from 5am to 7pm each day. There is visitors parking on site, and entry is free. The Gardens are located off Ashmore Road, Benowa, opposite Benowa State High School.

What's on at the Gardens

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens runs a range of events and activities for the whole family, including many run by the Friends of the Gardens. Register for a guided walk to learn about our native bees, birds and many other aspects of these beautiful gardens, or find a bargain at the Friends' monthly nursery sale.

Check out upcoming events at the Gardens, including those mentioned above, using our events calendar.

What's on at the gardens

Garden attractions

There's an experience for everyone – smell and touch plants and flowers at the Sensory Garden, take a mangroves to mountain walk, check out our local species, visit the native Butterfly Garden or smell the roses in the Rose Garden. The Gardens are also a popular location for weddings and other social gatherings.

Fun for the whole family includes a stroll on the boardwalks around the lake, a children's playground, a picnic in one of the many picnic areas, and even treat the dog to a play in the off leash dog area. Guided walks are available by prior appointment.

Freshly ground organic coffee, loose leaf teas and gluten-free treats are available every day from the Friends Centre, open from 10am to 2pm Monday to Saturday.

Download a map of the Gardens' attractions(PDF, 174KB)

Maps are also available from The Friends Centre, or at the information boards in the Gardens.

Dog exercise areas

A section of this park is great park for dogs, with an off leash exercise area. There is also a dog prohibited area.

City of Gold Coast has numerous areas where you can exercise your dog off leash.

Find this off leash exercise area

Araucaria Forest and Blackbutt

Feel the cooling effect of the dense and dark canopy of Bunya and Hoop pines, and giant Kauris leading to the oldest and largest tree in the gardens.

Birds at the Botanic Gardens

There are a great range of native birds to admire at the Gardens. Domestic ducks and geese have been removed from the Gardens, but unfortunately, some people still dump their unwanted birds here. Domestic fowl are not welcome at the Botanic Gardens as they impact on water quality.

Admire the birds, but please don't feed them.

Botanic Gardens Education Program

An excursion to the Gardens is an excellent opportunity for students to further their understanding of the environment, flora and fauna.

For more information visit the Botanic Gardens Education Program page.

Butterfly Garden

The plant selection here is based around the needs of local butterfly species. Leaves are sites for eggs or are eaten by larvae, whilst flowers provide nectar for adult butterflies.

Closed Forest Gorge

Sample the huge variety of trees in South East Queensland's rainforests including red and white cedars, quondongs, rosewood, peanut trees and satinash.

Dry Rainforest

How can a rainforest be dry? Beneath a canopy of tall trees, discover an understorey of small or spiny leaf shrubs where mosses and ferns are rare.

Eucalyptus Open Woodland

The open canopy allows dappled sunshine to reach the forest floor where you'll see an ever-changing understorey of flowering shrubs and ground covers.

Freshwater Wetlands

Follow the tracks weaving through the Freshwater Wetlands where you'll find plants that have adapted to survive through drought, flood and fire.

Friends of the Gardens

Get involved! Become a member of Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens – a group of volunteers passionate about this beautiful park. The Friends play an active role in the gardens, including:

  • organising children's activities
  • Green Team garden maintenance volunteers
  • nursery propagation group
  • herbarium group
  • volunteer guides
  • craft group.

The Friends' Centre, opened in 2009, is the hub for garden information. Community groups and botanical workshops are active in the centre, and visitors are welcome to drop in, chat to the volunteers and take home some great fact sheets, brochures and gifts. The Centre is manned by the wonderful Friends volunteers, and is open from 10am to 2pm Monday to Saturday, with fresh organic coffee and teas served from 9am to 2pm.

For further information about guided walks, community planting days or joining the organisation, please visit the Friends website or phone 0449 561 674.

Gum Tree Corridor

The corridor has a variety of gum trees planted according to their bark type or plant community. See the differences between stringybarks and ironbarks, box trees, smooth barks and half barks.


In 1969, John Rosser donated over 2 hectares of his land for an environmental park. Established in 1975, the park evolved into the Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens. This followed a Council resolution in May 1999, proposed by Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. Council selected Rosser Park as the most suitable site based on criteria of international standards. In 2004, the Friends appointed Gene Rosser as Patron of the Friends.

A Gardens Reference Group formed, with representatives from the Friends, the community and Council. The Group helped steer the development of a Master Plan, completed in 2002. The planning process involved extensive consultation with the wider Gold Coast community.

In 2003, the Friends took the first steps towards establishing the Gardens. They undertook successful planting days in the Mountains to Mangroves section. Other achievements since then include:

  • 2006 – establishment of the Sensory and Horticultural Display Gardens around the lagoon. A joint effort between Council, Rotary International and the Friends.
  • 2007 to 2008 – extension of the Mangroves to Mountain section. Corporate volunteers and Gold Coast Institute of TAFE students helped with the plantings.
  • 2009 – opening of The Friends' Centre. The Centre is a hub for visitor information, botanical workshops and community groups.
  • more than 20,000 local Australian natives planted by the Friends, with community support.
  • The Friends continue to hold Community Planting Days each year.

Horticulture Display Garden

The Gold Coast climate allows a huge variety of plants to be grown successfully and the Horticulture Display Garden boasts a broad palette of plants from around the globe, along with a range of Australian native plants.

Red flowering eucalypts and brilliantly hued bottlebrushes and grevilleas attract native nectar feeding birds; gardenias and magnolias emit amazing fragrances and a number of hedges flush new growth in shades of soft pink, pale green or startling reds. There is an ever-changing parade of flowers for every season, with bedding displays changed annually. The Horticulture Display Garden is an impressive plant collection and entices visitors to wander and discover horticulture.

Kaialgumm Games Trail

The Kaialgumm Games Trail takes you to 6 sites where you can use the QR reader on your smart phone or tablet to find out more about traditional indigenous games and how to play them.

Kids playground

A lovely spot for the kids to play, swing and laugh, surrounded by the beautiful gardens. A great place to hold your next children's birthday party. Visit our park bookings page for more information.

Mangroves to Mountains

The Mangroves to Mountains Walk is a key feature of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. Since the Gardens were established in July 2003, community volunteers and members of the Friends of The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens have put in more than 12,000 plants.

The Mangroves to Mountains Walk was inspired by the Master Plan, which encourages the use of endemic vegetation in garden settings. It is hoped that demonstrating the potential of plants that occur naturally in this region will foster their use in home gardens.

Ultimately, the Mangroves to Mountains Walk will stretch along much of the western boundary of the Botanic Gardens as well as the adjacent wetlands and lakefront and will showcase the full range of plant communities of the Gold Coast region. The garden is linked by a network of formal and informal pathways.

Montane Rockery

The Montane Rockery introduces plant species usually only seen by adventurous bushwalkers on exposed mountains and escarpments of South East Queensland.

Rose Garden

Designed and planted by the Gold Coast Rose Society, the rose garden features various roses suited to the local climate.

Sensory Garden

The Sensory Garden, supported by Gold Coast Rotary (District 9640), provides a unique experience for all visitors. It is specifically designed for disabled visitors to interact with nature in a safe environment. Using a range of plants that stimulate the five senses, the gardens are raised to allow ease of access for all.

Special Trees

Commemorative Avenues of Queensland forest giants planted by the Curators of Australia's Botanic Gardens and International Friendship Force attract visitors from around the globe.

The Story of our Country garden

The Story of our Country garden, put in by our first Green Army team, tells a story, through landscape, of the journey travelled by the Yugambeh people from the hinterland to the Gold Coast. Take a walk through and watch this garden grow, from the open grassy landscape around Beaudesert, over the rainforested slopes of Tamborine Mountain and down to the coastal swamps and dunes.

The garden was designed by Kate Heffernan and inspired by a design brief from the Yugambeh Museum. The garden was opened by Minister Steven Ciobo, Mayor Tom Tate and Rory O'Connor from the Yugambeh Museum on 29 June 2015, with a traditional Yugambeh smoking ceremony.

Wedding locations

These picturesque Gardens provide the perfect place for a wedding ceremony among the wonders of nature. The central lake and boardwalk along with the beautiful plants and bright flowers create an amazing backdrop.

The Gardens span 31 hectares, providing many amazing options for your outdoor ceremony.

Photo opportunities

There a plenty of stunning locations around the Gardens to capture special moments on your big day, including:

  • boardwalk with stunning lake backdrop
  • flower beds in bloom and towering trees
  • bamboo backdrops
  • tree-lined pathways.

Other features

There are ample parking areas throughout the Gardens, and 2 amenities buildings are located on site. A small undercover ceremony option is located in the Sensory Garden.

Ceremony information

Types of ceremonies include the following, which can involve any number of invited guests:

  • wedding ceremonies
  • commitment ceremonies
  • renewal of vows.

There are 4 areas available that can be booked in two-hour blocks, which allow for set-up, ceremony and photos. You can set up an arch, a runner and 20 chairs. The 4 areas are as follows:

  • Lakeside Lawn (150 guests only)
  • Cypress Lawn (100 guests only)
  • Sensory Garden (100 guests only)
  • Lakeside Rotunda (30 guests only)

To find the most suitable location for your wedding refer to our ceremony location map(PDF, 121KB)

For more information on holding your wedding at this location visit Park weddings. This page also provides details of the total cost of booking one of the above ceremonies at this venue. This cost is non-refundable under any circumstances.


Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens - Rosser Park, 230 Ashmore Road, Benowa 4217  
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